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LIVERPOOL COL.

Divine Providence.

1 THE earth and all the heavenly frame

Their great Creator's love proclaim ;
He gives the sun his genial power,

And sends the soft, refreshing shower. 2 The ground with plenty blooms again,

And yields her various fruits to men
To men, who from thy bounteous hand

Receive the gifts of every land. 3 Nor to the human race alone

Is thy paternal goodness shown;
The tribes of earth, of sea and air,

Enjoy thy universal care.
4 Not e'en a sparrow yields its breath

Till God permits the stroke of death;
He hears the ravens when they call,

The Father and the Friend of all.
5 To thee, in ceaseless strains, my tongue

Shall raise the morn and evening song,
And, long as breath inspires my frame,
The wonders of thy love proclaim.

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DODDRIDGE. The Bounties of Providence. 1 FATHER of lights, we sing thy name,

Who kindlest up the lamp of day; Wide as he spreads his golden flame,

His beams thy power and love display.

2 Fountain of good, from thee proceed

The copious drops of genial rain, Which through the hills, and through the meads,

Revive the grass, and swell the grain. 3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread;

Yet millions of our guilty race, Though by thy daily bounty fed,

Affront thy law, and spurn thy grace. 4 Not so may our forgetful hearts

O’erlook the tokens of thy care ; But what thy liberal hand imparts,

Still own in praise, still ask in prayer. 5 So shall our suns more grateful shine,

And showers in sweeter drops shall fall, When all our hearts and lives are thine,

And thou, our God, enjoyed in all.

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DODDRIDGE.
God supplying human Wants.
1 PARENT of universal good,

We own thy bounteous hand,
Which does so rich a table spread

E’en in this desert land.
2 Struck by thy power, the flinty rocks

In gushing torrents flow;
The feathered wanderers of the air

Thy guiding instinct know.
3 The pregnant clouds, at thy command,

Rain down delicious bread ;
And by light drops of pearly dew

Are numerous armies fed.

4 Supported thus, thine Israel marched

The promised land to gain ;
And shall thy children now begin

To seek their God in vain ?

5 Are all thy stores exhausted now?

Or does thy mercy fail ?
That faith should languish in our breasts,

And anxious cares prevail ?

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WATTS. All Things yours." 1 HOW vast the treasure we possess !

How rich thy bounty, King of grace! This world is ours, and worlds to come; Earth is our lodge, and heaven our home.

2 The springing corn, the stately wood,

Grow to provide us house and food;
Fire, air, earth, water, join their force;
All nature serves us in her course.

3 The sun rolls round to make our day;

The moon directs our nightly way;
While angels bear us in their arms,
And shield us from ten thousand harms.

4 O, glorious portion of the saints !

Let faith suppress our sore complaints, And tune our hearts and tongues to sing Our bounteous God, our sovereign King.

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WATTS. Praise for temporal Blessings. Ps. 68. 1 WE bless the Lord, the just, the good,

Who fills our hearts with joy and food,
Who pours his blessings from the skies,

And loads our days with rich supplies. 2 He sends the sun his circuit round,

To cheer the fruits, to warm the ground; He bids the clouds with plenteous rain

Refresh the thirsty earth again.
3 'Tis to his care we owe our breath,

And all our near escapes from death ;
Safety and health to God belong;
He heals the weak, and guards the strong.

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Watts.

God our Preserver. Ps. 121.

1 UPWARD I lift my eyes;

From God is all my aid
The God that built the skies,
And earth and nature made :
God is the tower

To which I fly;
His grace is nigh

In every hour.

2 My feet shall never slide,

And fall in fatal snares,
Since God, my Guard and Guide,

Defends me from my fears :

Those wakeful eyes,

That never sleep,

Shall Israel keep,

When dangers rise.
3 No burning heats by day,

Nor blasts of evening air,
Shall take my health away,
If God be with me there :
Thou art my sun,

And thou my shade,

To guard my head

By night or noon.
4 Hast thou not given thy word

To save my soul from death?
And I can trust my Lord
To keep my mortal breath:
I'll
go

and come,
Nor fear to die,

Till from on high
Thou call me home.

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WATTS.

Divine Protection. Ps. 121.

1 UP to the hills I lift my eyes

The eternal hills beyond the skies;
Thence all her help my soul derives;

There my almighty Refuge lives. 2 He lives, the everlasting God,

That built the world, that spread the flood; The heavens with all their hosts he made, And the dark regions of the dead.

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